Northwestern's first day of training camp was partially marred by Pat Fitzgerald's injury report, which listed seven players as out for the year and four others as out for the time being.
Among the toughest blows Monday were Eric Joraskie and Tommy Fuessel, two players that excelled with additional reps this spring. According to a source, Fuessel's injury appeared to be even more serious than the report indicates. Daniel Jones, who announced his retirement from football at last week's Big Ten Media Days, was listed as well. The other four are incoming freshmen Auston Anderson, Malcolm Bowman, Ben Oxley and Tommy Doles.
Joraskie's loss is tough, but Northwestern has four able defensive ends with Dean Lowry, Deonte Gibson, Ifeadi Odenigbo and Max Chapman. The Wildcats will also be practicing without Stephen Buckley, Mike McHugh, Parrker Westphal and Andrew Scanlan for the next few sessions; all four players are expected to be healthy for the start of conference play. Buckley, the biggest contributor on that list, suffered a season-ending knee injury in Nebraska last November. He showed significant upside after rushing for 265 yards on just 50 carries in relief of Venric Mark and Treyvon Green.
PurpleWildcats.com will have more on NU's injuries as camp progresses.